Wednesday, September 16, 2009
In case you haven't heard, this year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. It also marks the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, but we've only got a display for Darwin at the moment.
If you come into the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library building in Townsville, you will find a motley collection of books (including some rather pretty, if excessively heavy, tomes) has been assembled in honour of one of the most influential scientists in modern history.
You should see the really impressive book. It's a facsimile of his handwritten journal of the voyage of the Beagle, and it's presented in a volume which has marbling and gold-edged pages... the kind of thing a bibliophile drools over.